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WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Feb 12-16

Welcome back to a 5 day week of learning!

The kinders are full of excitement for learning which is becoming so evident as we learn new things each day and week. Did you like hearing about Love Monster?  We had a lot of fun making our own Love Monsters after reading Love Monster  and Love Monster and the last chocolate by Rachel Bright. Another way to celebrate friendship and Valentine’s Day.

     

MORNING WORK:  After unpacking their backpacks and sitting in their seats, the kinders have begun a new activity.  Each morning they complete one page of their February morning work packet.  After lunch count and attendance are taken, as a class, we review the work discussing the day’s concept/skill such as identifying 3D shapes of sphere, cube, cone, locating popcorn words, sequencing popcorn words so that the sentence makes sense and more. The kinders are enjoying ‘waking up their brain’ in this fun learning way.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit  from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  They learned that you can write a teen number equation two different ways but they mean the same thing.  One way is to write the partners first and then the total (10+4=14) or write the total first and then the partners (14=10+4).  The kinders practiced this skill by playing a memory game to match these equations.

      

Friday math games helped the kinders review the math skills of patterning, measuring with non-standard objects and seeing number partners in addition equations. 

   

READER’S WORKSHOP: The kinders learned how our voices to bring our books to life! We talked about how it sounds when we read like a robot compared to how it sounds when we read smooth. Then they had opportunities to practice sounding like a smooth reader when they read!

SPECIAL VISITORS:  On Wednesday, Mrs. Suttorp and her 2nd grade friends came into our room.  They  read us the fiction stories they wrote during their writing time. We enjoyed listening to their stories!  It was exciting for me to see how some of my former kinders are now accomplished writers.

       

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We continued to write about small moments that are true life, one time events such as writing about one of our party centers. The kinders are gradually doing more and more of the writing on their own.  I am so proud of them!!  This is a hard type of writing for these little ones.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day we created a pattern book about Things I Love.  Creating and writing a special valentine card for their family was also enjoyed.

  

POPCORN WORDS:         WHO               NOT                                                                            They noticed that the word “how” has the same letters as “who” only they are in different order.  A great learning moment about how the order of letters and the sounds they make are so important. The kinders practiced handwriting and spelling while playing UNSCRAMBLE THE POPCORN WORD.

      

SCIENCE:  The kinders like being scientists so we did a science experiment with candy hearts.  We predicted what would happen if you put candy hearts inside of a glass filled with water.  Most of us predicted that the candyt would sink and they were correct.  However….the longer they stayed inside the water the candy hearts began to float to the top.  Wonder why? Dropping hearts inside water was fun so why not try other liquids.  So….candy hearts went into  soda (Sprite) and vinegar.  We found out that bubbles floated around the hearts in the soda like fizz and vinegar made the hearts brighter.  

As we talked about our observations we began to wonder what would happen if candy hearts were dropped into other kinds of liquids like milk, lemonade, apple juice and warm water (not just room temperature water we tried before).  All of the liquids changed from being clear to colored as time went on.  

 

     

Ask your kinder for more information and be prepared…some of them might want to try some experiments at home.

MYSTERY GUEST READERS:  On Thursday, Katelynn was thrilled to see her mom come into the room.  She brought The Day my Mom came to Kindergarten.  It was a fun book to remind us about school rules and how hard we work at school.  

On Friday, Hunter literally jumped up and ran to give his mom a hug.  She brought along his younger sisters Kendall and Kenzie.  We were able to enjoy Too Many Toys by David Shannon. A very fun story about having a lot of toys and deciding which ones to give away….or not. 

KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS: 

 Makenize likes to read Clifford’s Family in this two story book.

 Katelynn likes to read Pinkalicious The Flower Girl.

 Dominic likes to read The Day the Crayons came home.

 Jayce likes to read Bad Kitty’s Christmas.

 Tristan likes to read Super Powers Bad Weather.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.  The playground is VERY WET with melting snow & ice.  Please continue to send all of their snow gear.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder. Check out the PE blog for more information. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 19—STEAM reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 20–GYM;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 21MUSIC; Valentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.22––ART; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list;

*FRI. FEB. 23—STEAM;  celebrating Mia’s birthday!

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home soon.

Enjoy your weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS (VERY SHORT) WEEK—Feb 7-9

We had a fabulous 2 day week working and learning together.  Look what happened in kindergarten.

WRITING WORKSHOP:  Small moment writing continues!  Adding how you feel and adding extra words makes the writing more exciting to read was our focus this week.  I surprised the kinders with a treat of gummy bears so we wrote about that experience. We also wrote about when it is recess time. The kinders are doing a FABULOUS job remembering to include words like FIRST, NEXT, LAST in their writing. It sounded something like this:  First Mrs. Bohl had a surprise for us. I was excited! Next she gave me gummy bears. Last I ate my gummy bears.

MATH:  We told math stories using our fruit from our ‘fruit & vegetable market’ adding written equations.  Remembering what each symbol (+ – = ) means and using them correctly is challenging but the kinders are doing a great job.  Playing the game UNKNOWN PARTNER to learn number partners and noticing that 12=10+2 OR 10+2=12 means the same, it is just written differently were math lessons taught this week.  

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders are working hard to use their “super powers” as they read so PERSISTENCE POWER was introduced. 

“Persistence Power”  means that we will not give up….we will keep trying, using all of our super powers!  

The kinders are also working on increasing their reading stamina. It can be very challenging for a kinders to keep to themselves, stay in one spot, look at a book the whole time, and not talk to friends. We will work on increasing this time each day.  I am so excited to see how they have progressed as readers.

*POPCORN WORDS:         HOW           NOW                                        The kinders are doing a fabulous job of learning their sight words.  Each day I try to include the week’s words in the daily message and they are able to locate them every time.  Hooray! This week we talked about the different sound /ow/ can make like in ‘cow’ or in ‘snow’. We had to work hard to hear which /ow/ sound we heard when sorting pictures.   Please keep reviewing and working on learning the list of popcorn words that come home.  Identifying sight words will help your kinder become a better reader!  Remember each Thursday we review their rainbow word list and exchange it for a new list.  Your support and work at home is making an impact on your kinder’s learning!  Thank you!!! 🙂

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  

  Alexandra likes spending time with her family just like Clifford did in Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD

*WINTER GEAR:  Thank you for sending your child with all that they need to stay warm outside….snow pants, hats, mittens, boots. Just a reminder, we will be outside for recess if the temperature is above 0 degrees.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please continue to send 2 healthy, quick snacks with your kinder each day.  Your kinder needs to be refueled so that they be ready to learn.

*JUMP ROPE FOR HEART:  Due Feb. 28. A form was sent home with your kinder this week.  Check out the PE blog for more information. 

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. FEB. 12—ART RESCHEDULED DAY 100 CELEBRATION! BRING IN 100 COLLECTIONS;  reading TAKE HOME BOOKS

*TUES. FEB 13–STEAMValentine’s Day Party  1:50-3:00pm  Parent volunteers who are working at a party center, please arrive by 1:40pm for instructions & set up;  NO reading TAKE HOME BOOKS;  

*WED.FEB. 14GYMValentine’s Day!! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book. 

*THURS. FEB.15––MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS & Rainbow word list; celebrating Blake’s birthday!

*FRI. FEB. 16—ART; Scholastic book order forms due (they are coming home on Monday, Feb. 12)

*FRI. FEB. 23—celebrating Mia’s birthday!

*FRI, MARCH 9–FAST FRIDAY (Early Release Dismissal at 2:15pm)

*MARCH 12 & 14–Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent slips stating your specific date and time (same as in Nov)  will be sent home soon.

There have been quite a few kinders missing school due to illnesses. It’s definitely that time of year.  Our tables are cleaned daily with disinfectant wipes and we try to practice good hygiene with our coughs and sneezes.   Thanks for alerting the office and me when your kinders will be absent. I hope that we all feel better soon. Rest and stay healthy!           Mrs. Bohl

***Sorry about the lack of pictures this week.  Can I blame the 2 day week plus the unexpected snow day?  Next week will be better. 🙂 

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Jan 12-19

Hooray for the hard working kinders!! They are working hard to continue to make good choices at school (keeping hands, to self, using kind words, following school rules, etc) while being ready to learn AND to listen when others talk. The kinders are also working hard to put their eyes on the teacher so that all directions/instructions are heard. This is what first graders do and we are practicing to do the same.  Thank you for the continuing to courage your kinder at home!  Their choices make the difference in their learning.  We have 9 blue stars….we only need 1 more for fun reward.  Can we make it to 10 this week?  I think that we can!!!

MATH:  We are getting to the end of our math unit.  This week we worked on identifying teen equations (10+6) and teen totals (16), writing teen numbers, identifying partners of 6,7 & 8 and showing numbers by using 5 groups.  For example: to show 7, we drew 5 circles in a line and then drew 2 more circles in a line underneath.  Telling and solving addition and subtraction problems are also part of our daily routine.  Our Friday math games were TEEN NUMBER MEMORY (matching teen equations to the total); SHAPES ARE FUN (identifying shapes); SNOW FORTS (practicing number partners of 7).  

    

WRITING WORKSHOP:  We are diving deeper into writing Small Moment stories that are true one time, one place stories. At the beginning of the week we worked together to choose a small moment story about celebrating birthdays at school. We practiced telling the story over our fingers, drew detailed pictures and worked on stretching out sounds in the words we wrote. Don’t forget that we also work to include spaces between popcorn words and sentence stoppers (punctuation). Wow!! Next week the kinders will have the opportunity to choose their own small moment to write about.    This is a VERY challenging unit for kinders! I am proud of their perseverance and effort.  We are working to do our best!!

HANDWRITING: We learned how to write lower case letters u,i,e. We are working on writing our “full name” correctly on our papers.  This means ONLY the first letter is capital and the rest of the letters are lower case.  The  kinders are able to write their full name but many of the letters are written incorrectly.  There is a mix of upper and lower case letters within the first and last name.  Please begin practicing this new skill at home.  Thanks! 🙂

FUN CENTERS:  Mason’s mom, Scarlett’s dad, Jaxon’s dad and Peyton’s dad helped the kinders do a science experiment, play math games and make a craft on Friday afternoon.  Fun centers consisted of BLUBBER, BLUBBER  (learning how penguins stay warm in the very cold water); BEARS IN THE CAVE (identifying number partners 5-8); BUILDING MY SNOWMAN (writing names) and RACE TO THE SNOWMAN (identifying – + symbols).  Thank you so much for taking time to join us in learning.  It meant a lot to us.  

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  This week we got ready to read (revved up) by learning that letters help us read.  By looking at the beginning letter , noticing a ‘switch’ of letters (is it a frog or toad?) and looking all the way through we can figure out words as we read. The kinders are doing an awesome job!  We are increasing our reading time too.  We are averaging 16 minutes a day. Hooray for reading! 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia was surprised and excited to see her dad come into the room.  He brought along The Tortoise and the Hare.  He chose this book because he likes to play sports with Livia.  Thank you for stopping by.

NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD 

*POPCORN WORDS:        MAKE       SAID                                                                              We found them in our day’s messages and within our popcorn books.  We learned about “bossy e” who quietly tells the hard worker (vowel) to say their letter name (long a) instead of their letter sound (short /a/ sound) in “make”. Flippy the Dolphin (a reading strategy) was spotlighted. We also learned to look for “talking” lines (quotation marks) to let us know that a character is talking.  Identifying “said” helped making this task easier.

*KOOL KINDERS ARE BOOK LOVERS:  We began another new round of being the Kool Kinder.  This time the job of the Kool Kinder is to locate their favorite book from home, decide why they like this book and take it to school to share with their friends.  The book will come back on the same day.

 Maddox brought How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas.

 Hunter likes I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda because he likes donuts.

  Livia likes the book Mommies because she loves her mom.

  Parker likes to read Attack of the Nindroids because he likes Legos.

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Please remember to send TWO snacks each day with your kinder. They would probably enjoy a snack from home. Thanks so much for making these snacks healthy ones!  

*TAKE HOME BOOKS:  The TAKE HOME books will begin Monday! Thank you in advance for reading this book with your kinder and reminding them to return these books in the baggies each Monday,Tuesday and Thursday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know and I will be happy to add your name to the schedule. 

*WINTER CLOTHES:  Thank you for dressing your child in warm outside winter gear.  Sending an extra pair of mittens or socks inside their backpacks might be helpful.

UPCOMING DATES

*MON. JAN. 22–-ART; reading TAKE  HOME BOOKS; Birthday celebration for Livia (1/21)

*TUES. JAN 23–-STEAM; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS   

*WED. JAN. 24GYM;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy;  LIBRARY Please remember to return your child’s book.

*THURS. JAN. 25–-MUSIC; reading TAKE HOME BOOKS and Reading the Rainbow word lists

*FRI. JAN. 26ART; 

*FRI. FEB. 2—Fast Friday (Early Release)

*MON. FEB. 5 & TUES. FEB 6—Winter Break Day—No School

*TUES. FEB 7—School begins again

*FRI. FEB 9—Day 100 Celebration

*TUES. FEB. 13—Valentine’s Day Party 2:00-3:00pm Planning will begin soon.

~~ So many good things happening at school. We are learning a lot!  Have a great weekend!    Mrs. Bohl

Mystery Guest Reader

Dominic was surprised on Friday to see his grandma walk into our room.  He jumped up and ran to get a hug.  She was visiting from Ohio so this was a special treat.  She read Santa’s sleigh is on its way to Michigan. A great book filled with various city names and facts around Michigan.  Thank you for taking time to come to school before traveling back to Ohio.

If you would like to be a Mystery Guest Reader please refer to the online sign up on the side bar of the blog.  If there is another date that works better into your schedule, please let me know.  We would love to have you visit.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Nov 27-Dec 1

Wow!  Can you believe that it is December?!  Only a few more weeks of school. Time to decorate the tree, hang the stockings and turn on the Christmas lights.

Take a look at what your kinder in school this week.

GINGERBREAD MAN: He is on the loose!  He likes to run!  The gingerbread man has many ways of avoiding being caught! We found this out by reading The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Godone and The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schimdt.  Good thing we are keeping track of the different endings of each book in our cookie jar journals!

  

 I hope that you had fun decorating your gingerbread man at home.  They are fantastic and special.  Hopefully, these gingerbread men won’t run away!! 🙂  You can send them in next week too, if they are still at home!

READER AND WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  All month long we are DISCOVERING PATTERNS in books.  In Reader’s Workshop we are looking for patterns within books.  We found that the ‘new word’ in the pattern can be at the end (I see a cat. I see a dog.), the new word can be in the beginning (Apples have seeds. Lemons have seeds.) and the new word can be in the middle (The coat is green. The leaf is green.)

    

 In Writer’s Workshop we are learning how to write simple pattern books. We already wrote 3 books…Foods I ate (for Thanksgiving) with the pattern….I ate ____.; Stuff Falls Down with the pattern…____ falls down.;  At School with the pattern…I can _____ in school and Specials with the pattern…We can go to _____.  I am so proud of their hard work.  They are stretching out sounds in words, writing popcorn words and using fantastic penmanship.  The kinders are so excited about this new adventure….learning again that writing and reading go hand in hand. 🙂

  

HANDWRITING:  CENTER STARTER letters I & T were practiced this week.   

MATH:  The kinders again used their individual “offices” when they took the unit #2 math test.  I am in the middle of grading the tests.  They will be sent home next week.  We began unit #3 by looking for groups of objects within a scene. They also met “10 Bug” this week.  He flew around the room looking for groups of 10  (we found out this way was much easier to count) that the children made with small tiles.  10 Bug became very excited  (flying in loops and upside down) each time a 10 group was spotted.   

  

SPLIT LIT:  I am so proud of the kinders!  After reassessing the kinders I found that they  are making such wonderful progress in their literacy skills.  Monday the kinders were re-introduced to different tasks (worksites), learning how to complete these literacy tasks independently.  The activities at the stations will focus on writing,  rhyming, beginning sounds, hard worker sounds (vowels…a,u, e,i,o) and sight words. The kinders will be identifying letters/sounds, blending/segmenting sounds in words and recognizing sight words while working in small groups with Mrs. Hatfield or myself when not working independently.  

 

MYSTERY GUEST READER:   On Monday, Mrs. Visser, (my daughter Hannah) and baby Madeline stopped by.  She read  Penguins love their abc’s. because she knows kinders work on this skill at school. Hannah did not have to teach today, she was still on Thanksgiving vacation, so it was a perfect opportunity for her to visit. The kinders were so sweet towards Madeline.  They hear a lot about her.  Oma was pretty proud to show her off too. 🙂

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:   AN      CAN     MAN     RAN                                                      How fun it is to be able to make more words if  you can identify ‘an’. We enjoyed using a gingerbread man slider to this.  We used these words many times in our writing and reading this week. I am so proud of how well the kinders are doing in identifying popcorn words. Thank you for practicing at home…..keep it up.  

*WINTER GEAR:  Please send winter gear each day with your child.   It is cold and the snow is coming.  We want our kinders warm.  They may wear their gym shoes inside of school every day or you can send a pair of shoes. Please consider buying velcro closings on boots if you need to purchase new ones this year. Wearing snow boots in our room is not an option.  🙂

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for packing 2 quick, healthy backpack snacks each day!

*5th Grade Candy Canes:  Mon. Dec 4 thru Fri Dec 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered.  Please enclose the money inside a labeled envelope, listing the number of candy canes needed. See earlier posting for more details.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Dec 4—ART;  HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop from 1:50-2:30pm  If you would like your kinder to participate, please provide the necessary information for family members they need to shop for on the outside of the envelope.  Enclose your kinder’s money inside. Please make checks payable to GEORGETOWN PTC.

*Tuesday, Dec 5—STEAM;  

*Wednesday, Dec 6—GYM;  No Library due to Holiday Gift Shop.  Enjoy your kinder’s book another week;  HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy

*Thursday, Dec. 7—-MUSIC;  

*Friday, Dec.8— ART;  Friday Fun Centers, volunteers arrive @ 1:40pm for instructions

*Thursday, Dec 14–-CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm at Harbor Ministries, (formerly known as Fair Haven Church) 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville.  Kinders arrive by 6:15pm

*Wednesday, December 20–Grinch Day—-wear Green or dress like Grinch characters

*Thursday, Dec 21–-Holiday Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Planning has begun. I will send out a posting this weekend that will include volunteer opportunities and supplies to be donated.  Thank you for being part of our second class party.  If you would like your kinder to participate in the class book gift exchange, please send a  wrapped book (suited for either a boy or girl) with tag on the outside. (TO A FRIEND   FROM (YOUR KINDER’S NAME)  ALL BOOKS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 18.  Ordered books will arrive in time for the party.

*Friday, December 22-Polar Express Day…wear pj’s!

*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8!

*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM:   This exciting program will begin in January.  If you are interested in listening to the kinders read, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  A note explaining this program will be sent home soon.  

~~Have a great weekend!   Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Nov. 13-17

A busy week of learning…..

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders really put their writing skills to the test this week.  We finished our unit of ‘Writing like Scientists’ by looking closely at Indian corn and a pumpkin, drawing and labeling exactly what we saw and finally writing sentences using popcorn words to describe what we saw. The kinders will be bringing home their writings on Tuesday. Just in time for them to read their writings to family members.

SPLIT LIT:  The kinders continued to practice what it looks like to work independently in small groups while other kinders work with a teacher. They did a fabulous job working quietly, asking a friend for help and staying in their spot. Today we played two fun games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters and sounds) and SPIN THE SOUND (identifying beginning sounds in words).

             

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We created a venn diagram of what it was like for Pilgrim children back then  (cooked food over a fireplace, didn’t go to school, etc) and children now (buy food at a store, boys AND girls go to school, ride in cars,etc).  We found out that we both love and live in America, have chores and are thankful for many things. We also continued our learning about wants and needs. 

MATH: We used the canoes and Native American braves, along with fish crackers to help tell addition and subtraction stories.  Example: The brave caught 3 fish, then he caught 1 more.  How many fish did he catch?  OR  5 fish were caught.  2 fish were eaten for supper.  How many fish were left for breakfast? Of course, when we were done we HAD to eat the fish we caught.  Yum!!:) We worked on identifying shapes, especially hexagons, compared and wrote numbers 1-10 and practiced telling addition and subtraction math stories. We will continue to work on these skills this week in preparation for our unit #2 just after Thanksgiving break.  To help prepare your kinder for this test, please be sure to help them complete this past week’s math homework as well as the homework that will be coming home on Tuesday. We have found that adding or taking away 1 is a bit tricky so any extra practice you can do over the Thanksgiving break will be helpful to your kinder. Thank you for your support.

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders started to learn how to read words three different ways….reading some words fast and by looking at the picture. 

    

Using our SUPER POWERS (reading strategies) of Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish helps us figure out words.  Lips the Fish reminds us to get our lips ready to read and Eagle Eye reminds us to look closely at words and pictures.

  

Our read to self reading time is increasing!  We have built our reading stamina to 8-10 minutes.  WhooHoo!! 🙂

HANDWRITING:  C,O,Q,G, are called Magic C letters because letter C is hiding in each letter.  The kinders are becoming quite good at writing their capital letters! Thanks so much for the continual practice at home!       

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Dominic was full of smiles when he saw his mom and little brother walk into our room.  We enjoyed hearing Pete the Cat The very first Thanksgiving.  She also surprised us with a fun Thanksgiving treat of popcorn turkeys.  Thank you so much for taking a break out of your day to stop by. 

   

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*POPCORN WORDS:                  FOR     OR                                         The kinders are doing so good at finding these words in our daily message and inside their books when reading to self.  They are excited when they notice them! Please begin using the popcorn flash cards sent home last week, if you are not already doing so.  

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Thank you for sending two quick, healthy snacks each day!  It helps your kinder be refueled for more learning!

*KOOL KINDERS: We had 4 kinders bring show and tell items this week.

 Jayce brought his favorite hat and blanket.

 Scarlett brought her blanket and Paddington Bear.

 Peyton brought a rubik cube.

 Jordan brought a Michigan football.

*BLUE FOLDERS:  Please check your kinder’s blue folder each night for notes, work, homework.  

*WARM OUTSIDE CLOTHES:  Please continue to send a warm coat for your kinder to wear while playing outside.  The weather is changing and we want our kinders to stay warm and healthy this year.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday Nov 20—GYM;  Stone Soup Day… Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that was sent home this week;  I am Thankful for…show and tell due

*Tuesday Nov 21–MUSIC; Thanksgiving Centers

*Wed, Nov 22, Thurs. Nov. 23, Fri. Nov 24—NO SCHOOL  Thanksgiving Break  Enjoy the time with family.

*Friday, Dec. 1—Fast Friday Dismissal at 12:15pm; Book orders (coming home Monday) due (online & paper forms) 

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP: We are scheduled to shop on Monday, Dec. 4 More details soon

*Thursday, Dec 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Georgetown Holiday Music Program  6:30pm

*Thursday, December 21–Christmas Party  It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm.  Planning will begin soon. Thank you for being part of our second class party.

*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5:  NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break.  School resumes on Monday, January 8!

~~~Have a great weekend!  We only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Nov. 6-10

Look what we did this week in school.  We were busy!!!!

VETERANS DAY:  Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  We learned who is a veteran…..someone who served in the military.   We read a newspaper and a sweet book entitled Hero Dad to help us learn more about what they did for us.  Thank you, veterans, for your service!

FUN CENTERS:  Thank you so much to the fabulous parents of Lucas, Caleb, Parker and Izabel for volunteering this week. The kinders practiced identifying their shapes by making a turkey using pattern blocks. Fun, fun!  They sorted, counted and wrote the number of colored fall leaves in their leaf pile.  They made a soldier in honor of Veterans Day. They played “FALL”, a game that practiced letters and sounds.

          

MATH: The kinders practiced writing 8,9,10 tricky numbers for most kinders. They identified triangles and other shapes and then explained their characteristics. They also worked to build numbers 1-10 and to see how the 5 groups are needed to make numbers 6-10.

During Friday math games the kinders identified numbers 1-6 by playing ROLL AND COVER…PILGRIM STYLE; practiced writing numbers 1-20 using playdough; and explored with unifix cubes.

    

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We looked closely at two fall objects….gourds and acorns. We drew exacting what we saw and then stretched out the words by writing sounds we heard in own booklets. We practiced writing simple sentences using popcorn words when writing about our object.  For example: This is a gourd. I see green and orange.  It is bumpy. This was challenging for the kinders but I am proud of their efforts and hard work.  We can be scientists and draw and what we see!  Hooray!

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We looked closely at settings this week (using Pete the Cat books), learning that a setting tells us it is where the story takes place.  Settings can be different in books and settings can change within a story.

   

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We read Berenstain’s Bears get the Gimmies to help us learn the difference between wants and needs.  Wants are things that we wish we had.(doll, baseball, Xbox games, ipad)  Needs are things that we need to have.(food, water, clothes, shelter) Then we sorted pictures of wants and needs.  We began our discussion on who the Pilgrims were and their journey on the Mayflower. We worked together and “shared the marker” to write why the Pilgrims left England, who was on the Mayflower and where they landed.

 

We looked at the parts of the Mayflower ship, stretched out the sounds in the words and wrote them on our paper.

 

We finished the week by thinking of things that we would need if we packed our bags and went on the Mayflower.  This lead to a deeper discussion about wants vs needs.  The kinders “packed their own trunks” with items they would take along if they were on the Mayflower by creating a list and drawing pictures to match.

SPLIT LIT:   This week we have done a great job of starting our new Split Lit. center activities.  After getting a chance to assess and re-assess the kinders, I was able to create a group of activities that enables them to work on the skills they need to practice the most.  The kinders spend this time with working in small groups either with Mrs. Hatfield( our para pro) or myself or working independently on literacy activities such as recognizing popcorn words and writing them and beginning sounds while practicing forming the capital letters. Friday the kinders played two literacy games….GOBBLE, GOBBLE (identifying letters) and SPIN A PICTURE (practicing writing letters and beginning sounds).A good start to learning!

      

POPCORN WORDS:               AM          ARE           LITTLE                                                                     Our list of popcorn words is growing.   It is amazing how the kinders are seeing these words in books, messages and papers.   

Today you will find a list of all of the popcorn words from September through November inside the folders.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  It was so sweet to see Jaxon jump into his dad’s arms to greet him. He read us two books.  Hooray for Fly Guy and Green Eggs and Ham.  Thank you so much for coming in!  We love our guest readers

  

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*KOOL KINDERS:  5 kinders had the chance to share their favorite item.

  Jaxon brought his football player.

  Hunter brought a few of whales and sharks from his collection.

  Lucas brought his hockey helmet.

  Bentley brought Penguin submarine (from Batman).

  Kateylnn brought a rose from Beauty and the Beast.

*WARM COATS:  Please remember to send a warm coat for your kinder to wear when we play outside.  The weather is turning cooler and it is more fun to be warm when it is recess. Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION   Happy Birthday to Jaxon.  He turned 6 on Nov. 9  Thank you for the treat bags.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Don’t forget to place two quick, healthy snack inside your kinders backpack.

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: ends on Nov. 16  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime.   Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.  We have brought a lot of food so far. Thank you!  Thank you!

    

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Nov. 13–STEAM 

*Tuesday, Nov. 14–GYM

*Wednesday, Nov. 15–MUSIC;  Library  Please remember to return your kinder’s book;  Literacy and Math Homework due;

*Thursday, Nov. 16--ART;  Last day to bring in PE CARES food donations.

*Friday, Nov. 17–STEAM;  

*Monday, Nov 20–Stone Soup Day!  Drained, chopped vegetables are due.  See note that will be sent home on Wednesday.

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Dec 4-7—HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPDetails coming soon on our shopping day!

*Thursday, Dec 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-Georgetown Holiday Music Program  More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

 

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Oct. 23-27

Having our first class party on Friday was a great way to end our week at school.  I will publish a posting about this fun day later this weekend.  We had a wonderful time!  

POPCORN WORDS:        HERE     LIKE    DOWN     BROWN                                          They were ‘popping’ up all the time this week in our daily messages and in books. We learned that sometimes “E” is quiet and tells other hard worker letters (vowels) to do a flip and say their letter name. We saw this happening in “like” and “here” The kinders had fun reading Bear’s Loose Tooth and Bear feels scared .  Many of the kinders had connections to both of these stories.

        

 We also read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? We reviewed all of our colors when we completed our own Brown Bear book.  We made a Brown Bear hat for our last color craft while wearing brown. Thank you for helping your kinder participate in our color days by wearing particular colors.  The kinders (and I) looked forward to these fun days.

MATH:  This week the kinders found out that they can tell math stories and solve the answers to their math stories. For example:  3 teddy bears came and sat at a table.  2 more teddy bears joined them.  How many teddy bears are at the table?”  3+2=5  They also looked at groups of objects and numbers and decided if they were equal (=) or not equal (= with / through it). We were introduced to finding different ways to make a 5 group.  (5+0,4+1, 3+2, 2+3, 1+4, 0+5)

    

READER’S WORKSHOP:  We continued to practice our storytelling skills as we retold (and sang) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? many times this week.  Enjoy having your kinder practice their skills at home when they retell the story for you.

    

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:  We completed our Launching writing unit by drawing and writing about what costumes we like to wear, brown things, Pete the Cat and playing on a slide.  The kinders have made FABULOUS progress and are feeling excited to be writers.  I will share ALL of their writing pieces with you at parent teacher conferences.  You will be amazed!

HANDWRITING:  We began learning how to write our STARTING CORNER letters (we always start writing in the corner).  We wrote H,K,L,U on our mini chalkboards and in our handwriting books (Handwriting without Tears).  Keep up practicing at home….it is helping!

SPLIT LIT: This week the kinders worked as a whole group to decorate paper bags to look like fall houses.  They used their rhyming and segmenting skills when they put various pictures in the house as they sang a fun song.  I hope that you are enjoying playing around with the fall house that your kinder took home.  They can practice identifying letter sounds too.

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Bentley quietly but quickly went to hug his grandma when she come in the room. She and Bentley love to read books together, so she choose one of their favorites I lost my T~R~U~C~K! A fun story about locating a little boy’s missing truck.  Thank you for coming…..and bringing us the yummy Minion fruit snacks.

    

 NOTES TO MOM AND DAD 

*CONFERENCES:  Conference dates and times have been sent home.  Conferences will be Monday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 8 after school.   I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your kinder’s progress. We DO NOT complete a report card the first trimester of Kindergarten. They will receive their first report card grades in March for spring conferences and in the summer at the end of the school year. I am excited to be sharing their literacy, math, writing and social skills progress with you when we meet. I will try to keep each conference to 15 min. long so I stay on time for the evening. Please come with any questions and arrive on time to my classroom. I ask that if your kinder does attend that they wait in the hallway while we have our conference in the classroom. Thank you! 🙂

*KOOL KINDER:  Please continue to review with your kinder about the information that they will be sharing. They are doing a nice job!

  Anderson brought his monster truck.

  Alexandra brought her unicorn pillow.

  Mia brought her Mama kitty with 3 baby kittens.

  Dominic brought his remote control monster truck.

*OUTSIDE CLOTHES: We enjoyed playing inside the rainy days this week.  Unfortunately the weather is turning colder.  When that happens please dress your child in warm outside clothes…warm coat, hat/headband, mittens/gloves.  We go outside to play for lunch recess and at the end of the day.  Looking ahead….If your child has outgrown their winter boots, PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING BOOTS THAT FASTEN WITH VELCRO CLOSINGS!!!  LACES TAKE TIME AND ARE DIFFICULT TO TIE/UNTIE WHEN WET.  Thank you!

*PE CARES FOOD DRIVE: Nov.1 until Nov. 16.  Your donations of canned or non-perishable food items can be brought into school anytime. Please refer to the note for suggested food items. The kinders will be bringing them to gym class to add to the school collection. Thank you for your donations and thinking of those in need this season.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 30–ART;

*Tuesday, Oct 31–STEAM;

*Wednesday, Nov 1—GYM;  LIBRARY bring your library book;  LITERACY & MATH HOMEWORK due;

*Thursday, Nov 2—MUSIC;  Sack lunch orders due for tomorrow’s Fast Friday

*Friday, Nov 3—GYM;  FAST FRIDAY Dismissal at 12:15pm

*Monday, Nov.  6–BOOK FAIR BEGINS…Preview books at the Book Fair; Parent Teacher Conferences

*Wednesday, Nov. 8– Book Fair: We are scheduled to purchase books from 12:30-1:00pm.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books.. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!;   Parent Teacher Conferences

*Friday, Nov.  17–Stone Soup Day!  More details soon

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

*Tuesday, Dec. 14–CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM  Save the date—-6:30pm  More information to come!

~~~Have a great weekend!  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Oct. 16-20

What a fun week at school.  Look what we did as we learned together. 

POPCORN WORDS:             STOP   GO   YES   NO  ORANGE                                              The kinders are doing a fantastic job of stretching out the sounds in our popcorn words.  They also noticed that GO and NO rhyme.  How cool is that! We read many pumpkin books to celebrate the color orange.  It was a perfect week to do this as many of the kinders have visited pumpkin patches. The kinders had fun making pumpkins and turning them into jack-o-lanterns for the weekly color craft.  They are hanging in the back of our classroom for a week or so.  

     

WRITING WORKSHOP:  The kinders are doing a fabulous job drawing detailed pictures, labeling their pictures and stretching out sounds in words as we write a matching sentence while using as many popcorn words as we can.  After that is all done, the kinders share their writings with their partners.  This week’s topics  were about stop signs, traffic lights, walking quietly in line and making green choices.

     

SCIENCE:  Scientists observe and look closely at objects. Scientists also label things. We have 4 pumpkins in our classroom….a large orange one, a bumpy orange one, a mini orange one and even a white one. I totally forgot to take a picture of the pumpkins.  I will do that this coming week.  Oops! 🙁 We learned the names of the parts of the pumpkin…stem, ribs, rind, blossom end.

Scientists do experiments.  We did an experiment to see what objects were heavier or lighter than one of our pumpkins.  Oh, my! What a fun way to learn!  

   

READER’S WORKSHOP:  The kinders learned that readers can be storytellers.  We read the book The Little Old Lady who was not afraid of anything and then used props to retell the story. We learned that our props need to be in the correct order (a flow map) so that the story makes sense. We had so much fun!  I hope that you enjoyed hearing your kinder tell the story to you.

   

We read Pumpkin, Pumpkin before we created our own flow map of how a pumpkin grows.  It was fun to retell this story by singing a song.  Ask your kinder to teach you the song.

   

HANDWRITING:  We continued to learned how to properly write more FROG JUMP letters…B,P, N,M. We write a big line down and then frog jump to the top to finish the letter.  Keep practicing at home.  It is helping!

    

SPLIT LIT:  I am beginning to re-assess the kinders on their literacy skills….letter sounds, rhyming, hearing sounds in words, etc. in preparation for parent teacher conferences.  I am excited about their progress and will share their progress with you.

MATH:  We started to tell math addition and subtraction stories.  For example:  “I ate 2 pieces of bacon and 1 piece of toast for breakfast.  How much food did I eat?” or “Mom made 4 pancakes. We ate 3 pancakes.  How many pancakes were left?” We are also learning to see that numbers 6-10 are composed of a 5-group and more ones. 6 + 1 =7.   Friday math games consisted of  HOW MANY PUMPKINS? (counting groups of objects 1-10 using fine motor skills), HOORAY FOR APPLES (ID numbers), RACE TO FILL THE PUMPKINS (or buckets) and exploring and creating designs with GEOBOARDS. The kinders really look forward to Friday math games that reinforce concepts learned during the week. 

         

MYSTERY GUEST READER:  Livia flew into her grandma’s arms when she walked into our room.  Grandma VanDuinen read Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat because Livia likes cats and this book was her mom’s favorite.  She even dressed up like the Cat in the Hat.  How special!!  Thank you for reading to us.

  

 NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*KOOL KINDERS:  The kinders are bringing in a show and tell item from home.  After you choose the show and tell item, please talk with your kinder about what information they are going to share with the class.  We love to hear why they chose it, who gave it to them or where did they get it, etc. 

  Victoria shared her kitty.

  Mason shared his baseball trophy.

  Caleb shared his White Caps baseball.

  Makenzie shared her kitty cat.

  Maddox shared his trash truck.

*BACKPACK SNACKS:  Please pack TWO snacks each day.  We are taking a break in the morning AND in the afternoon to refuel to be ready for learning.  

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JORDAN!      Thank you for the birthday treats.

*WARM SWEATSHIRTS OR COATS:  Please continue to send your kinder to school wearing a warm sweatshirt or coat for outside play.  The mornings and days are becoming cooler, but we still go outside to play.

UPCOMING DATES:

*Monday, Oct. 23—MUSIC;  Jet’s Pizza for lunch.  See earlier posting for information  NO hot lunch or milk will be ordered.

*Tuesday, Oct. 24– ART; Turkey Trot after school 5:00pm; celebrate Mason’s birthday

*Wednesday, Oct. 25—STEAM;  LIBRARY bring your library book;  LITERACY & MATH HOMEWORK due;  Color Day—Wear BROWN

*Thursday, Oct. 26–GYM; School Picture Retake Day Please return the original picture package during retakes. Absent students pictures will be taken at this time.

*Friday, Oct 27—MUSIC; FALL PARTY AND PARADE— The kindergarten parade will begin at 2:10pm. Our classroom party will follow starting at 2:25ish – 3:15pm. Fun activities are being planned. Your child is welcome to wear the basics of their costume to school and/or the under layers.  We will then add the accessories and the outer layer of costumes before the parade. Otherwise they can bring their costume to school in a labeled bag.  They will be putting on their costumes OVER their school clothes prior to the parade. WE WILL NOT TAKE TIME TO REMOVE CLOTHES AND PUT ON OTHER CLOTHES.  If your child’s costume is regular clothes (farmer, cheerleader,etc ) they are welcome to wear them all day if it will not hinder their movement and learning.  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE WEAPONS OF ANY KIND OR SCARY, GORY MAKEUP.  Please be respectful of others. 

*Friday, Nov. 3—Fast Friday—Dismissal at 12:15pm

*November 6 & 8—Parent Teacher Conferences: On Monday, you will be notified of your day and time in the form a note inside your kinder’s folder. We have done our best to schedule a conference time to fit your needs, as well as to coordinate sibling conferences. If you have a conflict at your scheduled time, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make other arrangements.   I am looking forward to sharing the awesome progress your kinder has and is making.

*November 6-10—Book Fair:   We are scheduled to purchase books on Thursday, Nov 9 from 12:30-1:00pm.  Please send your kinder’s money in an envelope labeled with YOUR KINDER’S NAME and BOOK FAIR if you wish them to purchase books. The book fair will also be open during conference times. This is optional.  The proceeds go towards purchasing books for use in school. Thank you!

*November 22-24—NO SCHOOL…Thanksgiving Break

~~Have a great weekend. Enjoy the beautiful weather!  Mrs. Bohl

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—Sept. 25-29

A bit of summer weather for the start of the week and a bit of fall weather for the end of the week.  Thank you for sending your kinder in appropriate clothing.

Here is a peek of what your kinder did at school this week.

POPCORN WORDS:       IS   HIS   THIS    GREEN                                                       These popcorn words ‘popped’ into our learning this week.  We enjoyed reading Little Yellow and Little Blue, a sweet story about friendship and differences.  The kinders found out for themselves what happens when you mix yellow and blue.  It makes GREEN! Check out the play dough that came home today. We also read many Froggy books, enjoyed many giggles and made a lot of connections.  Making a green Froggy was fun too! Ribbit!  Ribbit! 🙂

     

Of course, wearing GREEN was a great way celebrate.

MATH:  Daily we wake up our Math brains by checking out our Math 100 chart.  We add one each day. For example, we started with 0 and added one more. 20+1=21  We learned that 21 is made of 2 groups of 10 and 1 ones! The kinders continued to learned that they can write numbers, count objects, draw groups of items and tell math stories, using introductory adding and subtracting skills. During math centers, the kinders played 4 math games to reinforce these new skills. SCHOOL TOOLS MATCH UP (identifying 1-10 and counting objects); exploring with PATTERN BLOCKS; playing SHAPE UP! (identifying shapes);  and SILLY MONSTERS (using play dough to count sets of numbers 1-10)  

       

HANDWRITING:  We practiced writing number 7 (across the sky, down from heaven, that’s the way to make a seven) and number 8 (make an S, do not wait, that’s the way to make an eight) using mini chalkboards and in our handwriting books. They are doing great but some numbers are more difficult than others to form properly, so any extra practice at home would be appreciated. We are also working hard to improve on writing our names correctly and neatly.

MYSTERY GUEST READERS: We had 3 guest readers….yes 3!!  How exciting.  On Tuesday, Jonathan was surprised to see his Uncle Jason walk into the classroom. He lives in Minnesota and came out to visit ArtPrize and Jonathan.  Uncle Jason works in a hospital so he read the perfect book by Dr. Seuss Oh, the things you do that are good for you! 

On Friday, Scarlett bounded up and jumped into her mom’s arms.  She arrived with her baby brother, Warren and her Grandma.  Her mom read us God found us you.  A sweet story about adoption and finding a forever family because baby Warren joined their family this summer by adoption.  

Her grandma read us The little girl who LOST her name.  This story had a surprise ending when we found out her name was SCARLETT.  It was also cool to learn that her grandma was born in Taiwan but lives in Connecticut now.  She is visiting for a few days.  

Thank you to everyone for taking a break out of your day to come and read us a story.  If you are interested in being a Mystery Guest Reader, there is a link on the side bar under VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES that will allowed you to sign up on our calendar.

GOOD CHOICES:  We are working SO HARD to make choices that will have a positive impact on our daily learning.  This week we began using a class scoreboard. Throughout the day, our class earns either smile points or frown points, depending on our choices and behavior. When we end the day with more smile points, we get a CLASS WIN and put up a star.  We are working towards 10 stars…..we have 9.  Only ONE more star to go!

NOTES TO MOM AND DAD

*BACKPACK SNACK:  Don’t forget to pack ONE quick, healthy backpack inside.  Your child needs to be refueled each afternoon.  🙂  Thank you so much for keeping the snacks NUT FREE!

*WARM WEATHER PREDICTED AGAIN!:  Warm summer like days are predicted for some of our upcoming days.  Please send your kinder with a water bottle so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.  We take frequent water breaks.

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Oct 2—STEAM, KOOL KINDER: Tristan

*Tuesday, Oct 3—GYM;  KOOL KINDER: Makenzie

*Wednesday, Oct 4—MUSIC;   LIBRARY…Please return your child’s book when you are finished reading it.  We have a basket in our room to collect the books as they are returned.  Remember that your child will be able to check out another book ONLY after the prior one is returned.  We have library EACH WEDNESDAY;  Math & Literacy Homework due;   KOOL KINDER: Izabel

*Thursday, Oct 5–ART;  KOOL KINDER: Katelynn

 *Friday, Oct 6—STEAM;  KOOL KINDER: Anderson;  COLOR DAY….Wear PURPLE

*Friday, Oct 13—Fast Friday (Early Release Day….Dismissal at 12:15pm).

*Tuesday, Oct. 25—Turkey Trot  Go to the PE blog on our side bar for more information

*Thursday, Oct. 27—School Picture Retake Day

*Friday, Oct 27—FALL PARTY AND PARADE:  We will be having our first class party on Friday, Oct. 27. The parade of costumes will be at 2:10pm with our party following.  It will be a center rotation style with the kinders playing games and making a craft, ending with a party snack.  If you showed an interest to be either a fall party planner or helper, you will be contacted very soon via an email.  Thank you for your willings to make our first party a success. We have so many helpers!!  Please let me know if you have any questions about this fun day.

~~~~Have a great weekend.  Mrs. Bohl